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Halifax man pleads to assault charges

A 43-year-old Halifax man, James Osborne Edmonds Jr., pleaded guilty last week in Halifax County Circuit Court to a pair of charges for unlawful wounding and misdemeanor assault and battery of a juvenile.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Edmonds to five years in prison, with all but one year and six months suspended for the unlawful wounding charge and a 12-month suspended jail term for the misdemeanor assault and battery charge.

The court ordered the suspended portions of Edmonds’ sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for six years, ordered him be placed on probation for two years and ordered him to complete an anger management course.

The court additionally ordered Edmonds to have no contact with the juvenile except as permitted by the Department of Social Services.

 

Other court cases

Dawantaze Lamar Allen, 19, of Nathalie pleaded no contest last Thursday to two charges including breaking and entering the dwelling of Keiona Barksdale and petty larceny.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court found evidence sufficient to convict Allen of the charges but withheld its finding of guilt and took the case under advisement for 24 months, ordering the defendant to pay $1,009.99 restitution and ordering him not to return to Westside Village Apartments.

The court stipulated if Allen complied with all court-ordered conditions, it would reduce the breaking and entering charge to petty larceny.

 Charlie Allen Hamlett, 25, of South Boston had a charge against him for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance dismissed last week during a bench trial.

 Jeremy Dontray Polk, 25, of South Boston pleaded guilty last week to an amended indictment for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

The court sentenced Polk to a 30-day suspended jail term, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months, and it suspended his operator’s license for six months.

 Melissa Inez Ayers, 44, of Halifax pleaded guilty last week to five counts of possessing a controlled substance and two driving-related charges.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Ayers pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing a Schedule IV controlled substance and two counts of possessing a Schedule III controlled substance.

Ayers also pleaded guilty to a first offense of DWI and driving with a revoked operator’s license.

Ayers is free on bond pending formal sentencing set for a later date in the current court term.

 Selina Muth Chuquirima, 36, of Vernon Hill pleaded no contest last week to felony charges for child abuse and possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against the defendant for unauthorized distribution of drug paraphernalia.

The court sentenced the defendant to five years in prison for the child abuse charge, with all but one month suspended, conditioned on her good behavior for five years, and it ordered her placed on probation for one year.

The court granted Chuquirima first offender status for the drug possession charge, withholding its finding of guilt and continuing disposition of the charge for one year.

The court placed the defendant under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services and ordered her to abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol; submit to random drug tests; undergo substance abuse counseling and comply with treatment; perform 100 hours of community service and maintain employment.

The court also suspended Chuquirima’s operator’s license for six months.

 Danyel Shante Jennings, 25, of Brookneal pleaded guilty last week to a charge for failing to return rental property to Rent-A-Center.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Jennings of the charge but withheld its finding of guilt and took the case under advisement until a date in the May court term.

The court ordered the defendant to pay $1,503.47 restitution with $200 due last Thursday and the remainder due by May 5.

 Christian Lante McDougald, 29, of South Boston entered an Alford plea last week to an amended indictment for misdemeanor assault and battery.

Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but realizes prosecution evidence would make a guilty finding at trial almost a certainty.

McDougald was remanded to custody pending sentencing set for a later date in the current court term.

 Angela Renee Policano, 45, of Virgilina pleaded no contest last week to possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against the defendant for unauthorized distribution of drug paraphernalia.

Under terms of the plea agreement, the court sentenced the defendant to 12 months in jail, with all but five months suspended for marijuana possession, conditioned on her good behavior for 12 months.

The court granted the defendant first offender status for the Schedule I/II drug possession charge, continuing disposition of the case for one year, placing the defendant under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services and ordering her to abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol; submit to random drug tests; undergo substance abuse counseling and comply with treatment; maintain employment and perform 100 hours of community service.

The court additionally suspended Policano’s operator’s license for six months.

 Kenneth Dale Wilborne Jr., 35, of South Boston pleaded no contest last week to a charge for non-compliance with VASAP. 

The court revoked Wilborne’s previously suspended prison term for the violation but re-suspended any additional jail time, ordering the defendant to re-enroll in VASAP within 30 days and participate in the next available VASAP class.